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Detroit Tigers: Predicting the 2018 Starting Rotation

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KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 29: Starting pitcher Daniel Norris #44 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 29: Starting pitcher Daniel Norris #44 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 24: Michael Fulmer #32 of the Detroit Tigers throws a first inning pitch while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Who will be the opening day starter? Answer: Michael Fulmer.

Fulmer is the Tiger’s new ace, and I do not expect him to be traded. The Yankees and Rangers were the two teams to really ask about him. The Rangers do not have the farm system to acquire him. Unless they threw in Nomar Mazara, the Tigers should not trade him to the Rangers.

The Yankees have one of baseball’s deepest farm systems, but they do not want to give up Gleyber Torres. The Yankees are also supposedly deep in talk with Pittsburgh for Gerrit Cole now.

The Philadelphia Phillies are known to be searching for a young controllable starter, and Fulmer fits that category. It is not known if the Phillies have asked about him though, but they do have a good farm system.

Fulmer will be with the Tigers on opening day 2018, but possibly not opening day 2019.

Fulmer is under team control for 5 more seasons and after two seasons is already worth over 8.0 WAR. In 2016 he was named AL ROY and in 2017 was named to his first All-Star Game. He did struggle in the second half of 2017 and eventually underwent surgery, but he still is a possible Cy Young contender.

Surprsingly, his K/9 number are kind of low for the great stuff Fulmer has. His career K/9 is 6.8, but his BB/9 is only 2.3 and his career WHIP is 1.137. He has a career FIP of 3.71 and an ERA+ of 128. Those are very good numbers, not great, but still solid.

Most folks in the baseball world are predicting another all-star caliber season, and he will possibly be the only all-star representative for the Tigers. He will also be named in Cy Young voting, but unfortunately not recieving the award. Yet.

Next up is the veteran of the Tigers rotation.

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